Exclusive! What Really Went On Inside British Supergroup Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden are one of the world’s most successful heavy metal bands with more than 85 million albums sales to their name. Dennis Stratton was their guitarist right back in 1979. He played on and co-produced their self-titled debut album and their first three hit singles.
Here he chats exclusively with Garry (who wrote Maiden’s authorized biography Running Free) about life on the road in those early days – the laughs and the tension, and his enduring friendship with the band which, like him, was forged in the East End of London.
Den is honest about his fall-out with manager Rod Smallwood that lead to his sacking, and the perils of working with their fiery first vocalist Paul ‘The Beast’ Di’Anno.
He also talks about his early days on the London rock circuit of the pre-punk seventies, his work with hugely respected rock and blues bands, including Remus Down Boulevard and Praying Mantis, and his unfortunate encounter with Jonathan King.
Still a working musician, Dennis is one of the most genuine and talented guitarists in rock today.